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Thetford helps children achieve Albert Hall dream




Children from three Thetford schools have taken part in the performance of a lifetime at the Royal Albert Hall, thanks to fund-raising from the town.

Pupils from Admiral’s Academy, Drake’s Primary and Bishop’s Church of England Primary School performed a section of A Kind of Magic Flute at the Music for Youth Proms in London’s world famous venue, on Wednesday.

Breckland councillor Stuart Terry, town councillor Carla Barreto and parent Ricky O’Connor joined forces to raise money to help the children achieve their dreams.

Admirals Academy principal Mrs Dunkley, Ricky O’Connor, Cllr Stuart Terry and some of the children from the schoolPicture by Mark Westley
Admirals Academy principal Mrs Dunkley, Ricky O’Connor, Cllr Stuart Terry and some of the children from the schoolPicture by Mark Westley

Cllr Terry said: “I saw Ricky put up a post on social media about the children and the Norfolk Music Hub being given the chance to perform at the Royal Albert Hall and I said I was willing to help get them there,

“It was a golden opportunity for these children to do something they may never do again and we all wanted to give them that chance.”

The schools had already performed the full 50-minute piece at the Norwich Theatre Royal as part of the Norfolk Schools Opera Project run by Norfolk Music Hub and were then given the chance to be part of a 600-strong massed ensemble showcasing the opera on the Albert Hall stage.

The massed ensemble performing at the Royal Albert Hall on WednesdayPicture by Norfolk Music Hub (21760518)
The massed ensemble performing at the Royal Albert Hall on WednesdayPicture by Norfolk Music Hub (21760518)

Organisations and businesses in the town, including the Charles Burrell Centre, Aya Cuisine, the Thomas Paine Hotel, Inspire Focus, Thetford Town Council and Corinne Fulford, from the Leaping Hare Information centre, raised £1,512.50.

Cllr Terry said £347 would be given to each school with the remainder going to Norfolk Music Hub.

He said: “We just want to say thank you to all the people who helped us and donated to reach this amount,

“The schools had already arranged travel plans, so hopefully this money can help fill the gaps in their pots they used for that.”

After the performance on Wednesday, Alison Corfield, head of the music service at Norfolk Music Hub said she was ‘blown away’ by what the children had done.

She said: “The commitment, passion and talent of every young performer was phenomenal.

“We are so proud of all of them and grateful to every school and organisation who brought A Kind of Magic Flute to the stage.”


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